The Qantas-Emirates partnership will take the next step in their alliance to include New Zealand destinations to its routes.
From August 14 the airlines will begin to take bookings for its operations between Australian east coast cities and Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. This will also see aligned fares, frequent flyer benefits and codeshare arrangements for passengers travelling on these routes.
“New Zealand was part of the Qantas-Emirates vision from the start and since receiving government approval in May our teams have been working hard towards switching the partnership on,” Qantas’ executive manager, international sales, Stephen Thompson said.
The new services will see the airlines operating an additional 130 services per week. Emirates’ trans-Tasman services will be operated by the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777, while Qantas’ services by a dedicated fleet of next generation Boeing 737-800s.
Stephen noted that the routes will do wonders for the country’s tourism: “Wellington and Queenstown are likely to benefit considerably, as these are Qantas destinations that Emirates will now offer to their global customer base for the first time.”